Trulli aims for form reversal

Monaco Grand Prix winner Jarno Trulli, who is expected to confirm his move to Toyota shortly, is confident that his current team Renault can overcome its perceived shortcomings on high-speed circuits in time for this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix at the ultra-fast Spa-Francorchamps circuit

Trulli aims for form reversal

The famous venue in the Ardennes region of Belgium has been absent from the calendar for a season, but Trulli expects a points finish this Sunday despite the fact that Renault has been more suited to the slower tracks this year.

"Well, earlier in the year we seemed to struggle at the high speed circuits like Malaysia, but we have made good progress with the car since then," said Trulli. "When we last came here in 2002, we were on course for points finishes in the race until retiring, and I think the circuit can suit the R24. Of course, choosing the tyres will be crucial, so Friday will be an important day to get a good understanding of how they will work on the long runs. But if we perform to our maximum, then we should be competitive around Spa.

Trulli has dropped away from third placed Jenson Button in the championship, and into the clutches of team-mate Fernando Alonso, thanks to three consecutive non-finishes.

"I haven't scored points in the last three races, so my first priority will be to get the car to the finish and add to my championship total," he added. "I am still pushing 100 percent for myself and the team to try and consolidate my position in the championship, and also to help Renault to second place in the constructors' race. I had an excellent first half of the season, and I want to get that run of form back again for the last five races. That would be a good way to round off a very successful season for me."

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